Wow. Clay Aiken. Blaming the victim? The American Idol season 2 alum is running as a congressional candidate in North Carolina, and is fighting a tough race in the 2nd district against republican Renee Ellmers.
The former nurse is favored to win. So, maybe that’s why he’s pandering to the conservative base with a pearl-clutchy reaction to the recent celebrity nude photo “scandal” involving actresses Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, Avril Lavigne, Lea Michele, McKayla Maroney, Ariana Grande and more? Photos were leaked to the internet after the celeb’s iPhones were hacked.
But Clay? There’s no pity party for the actresses, he tells the Washington Post in a recent interview:
“Anybody who takes inappropriate pictures of themselves deserves exactly what they get. Of course whoever [stole and released the photos] should be hogtied. And it’s unfortunate that we don’t have Internet security right now or the laws in place to protect people from pirating that stuff.”
Some folks have called the actresses dumb for leaving nude photos on their iPhones (I don’t agree. People have the right to privacy. It’s wrong to blame the victim of a crime. No matter what. But I digress.)
But geez, Clay. Is this the 1950s? Nobody should take nude photos of themselves EVER? And if they do, they deserve to be shamed? Really? Clay Aiken has turned into the Church Lady and it ain’t pretty.
Clay offers advice to those tempted to snap their privates, “I’ve got a mirror if I want to check something out.”
I’m stunned, to be honest.